Older blog entries for gicmo (starting at number 31)

We have come a long way
I am doing something wrong now, I know it, but oh well whatever. First I wanted to write something up about the parallels of Rousseau's political theory and all this fuzz about community and decisions. Second I told myself to just not post a statment because I bet people will surely get it wrong and try to deduce my position on that affair from what I am going to write now. Be warned, don't do it! Well anyway here we go: In response to
  • Profit:There is no damn natural law that businesses are there to make profit. What's the problem with break even? Go and watch The Corporation and see that even in the US it hasn't always been that way or read Profit over People
  • Time: I still have to fix a lot of bugs that were introduced because bad desicions were made under time preasure. People *always* tell me: "But next GNOME release is only in 6 month!" Don't get me wrong here, I can see the point ...
  • Users: So I hate that target group argument. Really. We should not have a target group but a target, or better a vision. I prefer the "make a damn rocking desktop" vision to the "get many many users" vision. Especially because we can achieve the second one by having the first one. (Again, don't get me wrong, 10x10 rocks.) And about that "don't let us hacker design the UI". Well I might not be a good designer at all, but I still feel that I can judge if I like the results or not. (I love nld10's panel btw.) I actually want to make a desktop that most people just love to work with, including us hackers. I mean think about how this whole linux thing started. I totally agree with the theory that software development is about passion. If I should spent my engery into GNOME, I want it tp be fun. I want a rocking desktop for myself!

To sum it up (in a declamatory way): In the first place I want a rocking desktop, not a good product. But thanks soo much Novell, Red Hat, VMware, Scalix ... for paying all the great people in the GNOME community for doing that.
Sorry for the bad english this time I was under time preassure :)

5 Feb 2006 (updated 5 Feb 2006 at 11:57 UTC) »
GNOME Desktop Mokups

Apropos rocking mokups; here is some more new, hot stuff:


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Made by jon "desplesda" manning. Send him your Feedback.
I like the Clipboard thingy ...
Read detailed information here!

CAIRO IS NOT: Magical eye candy WTF?!
It sure is! ;) Here is the prove:

Left: GNOME-Launch-Box with compositor sweetness. Rigth: GNOME-Launch-Box without in normal mode.

So I promised to blog when the code for this is available but I obviously forgot to do so. It hit svn a while ago. Get it with:
"svn co http://developer.imendio.com/svn/gnome-launch-box/trunk gnome-launch-box"
Start with it "gnome-launch-box -t" combined with a running composite manager for the real sweetness.
14 Dec 2005 (updated 14 Dec 2005 at 22:34 UTC) »
Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery

[Update] Quote corrected according to "about:epiphany" in epiphany. This just rocks! Thanks to chpe for telling me

Hacking GNOME Launch Box for Fun and Profit

So after the headaches I had after doing some more GnomeVFS ACL work (more about that next week) I wanted to do something cool. Inspired by the deskbar applet I remembered that there was GNOME Launch Box. I checked out the lasted version from Imendio's svn and I was very pleased to see that it has gotten really stable, but the pseudo transparency was gone. :( So I though that would be the perfect "cool" thing I could do. A bit of Cairo learning, tons of source reading and a few gtk/gdk I had never heared of later I have it ready! Tada! First try and the fancy Final version of GNOME Launch Box with real transparency powered by XComposite. Hope you like it - I do. I am still shaping up the code so it can handle non transparent cases nicely as well but I am confident that I will be ready by mid-next week. I am going to continue hacking on it ... maybe we can have it in Gnome 2.14? :) By the way .. coding with Cairo is real fun.
Schrödinger's cat and OpenGL
So I had the feeling that I didn't learn any new stuff in the Computer Science field for a long long time. At the beginning of this semester I had the very strong feeling that this had to change. I though learning OpenGL so I could help Soeren putting cool new eye candy in metacity (and the rest of the desktop) would be a good new "thing". So I ordered the famous redbook 2 weeks ago and I already made some good progress. And you know what? Doing all that linear algebra is real fun. I kinda missed that. Really. Scary at the same time!

I have 5 philosophy classes this semester including ones about political philosophy of early modern times (Hobbes, Lock, Rousseau), asian philosophy (buddhism, daoism, ...), economics and ethic, Nietzsche (ohh you gotta love him ...) and last but not least relativism (inspired by our all pope's critics of relativism). Everything very interesting. It's a bit scary how many things I learned in school about Hobbes and Co. were just wrong or at least half true. Oh well. Much reading ...

Ohh and this picture of Schrödinger's cat made me laught a long time. :)
Back to the Future
I am back from my 3 week vacation to Indonesia. It was a great time although it was totally diffrent the then last time (more exhausting but also more eye-opening). I am trying to get myself into full gears now, so I can get gnome-vfs some lovage, but I fear it might take some days. The photos of the trip are here. Oh well, after 11 weeks of traveling, it's damn good to be home and I am so looking forward to going to University tomorrow.
10 Sep 2005 (updated 10 Sep 2005 at 20:08 UTC) »
Photos
I finally have most of my photos imported into F-Spot. Despite the small annoyance that some of my photos aren't inserted with the right date so they appear in middle of a totally different set everything is just perfect. I love this application! After that was done I decided it's time to put some of my photos online and I figured flickr would be the easiest way to do that. So I started operation "Share the photos" with the ones from Burning Man. I added a link to them from my homepage: Christian Kellner's Braindump.

Our little Gnome 2.12 Release Party was pretty nice. Thanks again Travis for organizing. It also was good to see ChipX86 again. We also made a little group photo with Rachel's HipTop but it a *bit* blurry.

[Update] On a sidenote: As you can see on the pictures my hair is not as long anymore as it is on my hackergotchi.
6 Sep 2005 (updated 6 Sep 2005 at 07:09 UTC) »
Burn baby, burn!
Burning Man was awesome! So many nice and friendly people there. The idea that you can't buy stuff, all the different art out on the Playa and not to forget the amazing parties during the nights made it really an unique experince. All that glowing during the night. Wow. I gotta post some pictures I made although I didn't shoot too many because I didn't want to carry the camera around all the time. I wonder if people would stay that friendly over a longer period of time. I am not sure but I guess not :P Well I am glad they all did for this week at least. :)
Party on, Wayne!
Apropos party. We decided we have to have a Silicon Valley Gnome 2.12 Release Party. Travis Reitter started organizing this and and we thought that this Wednesday around 7:00pm at the Cheescake Factory in Palo Alto would be the right time and location. Every Gnome lover is invited! If you wanna show up it would be nice to let him now (the email address is on the Gnome 2.12 Party page - thanks Fer for doing one again) but I guess it is also fine if you just come. The more the merrier!
Get it while it's hot
So in cooperation with Dave 'metal' Camp Inc. I'll bring you the first release of Evolution-CalDAV, the ueber-cool protocol that hip calendaring server speak these days (or will speak :). It should work pretty well with Dave's CalDAV server, which is totally sexy C# code, and you all should look at it and eventually give it a spin. The connector is, like the server, not 100% complete and big parts are missing (e.g. some of timezone logic, offline write support and scheduling). Jürg Billeter was the first one to sent me a patch for it. You can join the circle and prove to be as hip as Jürg and add some of the missing parts. Patches and bug reports are more then welcome and go into the Evolution-CalDAV product on bugzilla.gnome.org. It will be merged into main evolution some time but for now it will be a separate module so people can play with it more easily.
Anyways I am leaving for Burning Man in less then 4 hours and have to catch some sleep before that NOW.

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